ZANESVILLE, Oh – Community Development Director Kyle Dunn met with the Muskingum County Commissioners.
Together, they discussed the application for lead abatement funding for the area which was submitted this past September.
The additional funds would allow for more of the money they already receive through the Community Housing Investment, or CHIP, program to go towards renovations as opposed to just lead abatement.
Contractors would be able to better ensure lead is removed from the homes safely and completly without dipping into the CHIP funds too much, which in turn would provide them the opportunity to rehabilitate more homes as needed.
“So since we’re able to spend more money on lead-abatement and we can then spend the remainder of the CHIP dollars on renovating more homes, which will mean that fewer homes will become dilapidated and our housing stock in Muskingum County will remain strong, stronger than it would’ve if those houses had gone in disrepair,” Dunn explained.
Muskingum County applied for and received around $750,000 through the CHIP program this past summer to help address common home issues that could potentially pose a safety or health risk, including lead.
Through lead abatement, paint and other elements commonly found in homes in the area due to their older nature are able to be safely removed and remediated not just for the safety of the homeowners, but for the community’s safety as well.